Gerrard appears to be wearing the armband with a new pride and belief, which has helped make him one of the outstanding players of Euro 2012.
"There were enough positives for me [from the game], the biggest being the performance of Steven Gerrard," he said. "The Liverpool captain is one of the world's best, he can do everything and he showed us that.
"He is a true competitor, he attacks the ball and I think he's enjoying the responsibility of captaincy.
"He is the complete all-round footballer, he's got the lot and, most importantly, he plays for us!
"Gerrard is having a superb tournament and is one of those players who gives you real belief in your team. That partnership with Scott Parker is key, and they'll both have to be at their best against Italy.
"We know what England bring now.
"We're organised, hard-working, solid and strong. The defence is settled and the right- and left-backs give us attacking options. Gerrard and Parker are a marvellous base and there's pace and trickery up top."